How to add metadata to a picture in Windows

Most people are probably not aware of the fact that every file in your computer stores a set of information about its source, author and other important details, depending on its type, called metadata. So, you can say that metadata represents “data about data”. Windows allows you to add some metadata information or remove it. Of course you can use third-party apps for this job but you can easily do this in Windows. In this article we will show you how to add metadata to your pictures in the easiest way possible. Let’s go:

How to access a picture’s metadata

To edit a file’s metadata, you need to get to it. To do this, right click the picture you are interested in or press and hold on its name and then press Properties in the contextual menu.

Next, in the picture’s Properties , go to the Details tab and you’ll see the file’s metadata.

How to add metadata to pictures in Windows

Now, it’s time to start adding information in the picture’s Details tab. The first section is called Description. You can add new info to every field in this section by hovering your mouse across the Value column, until a text box shows up. Tap or click on it, and start typing the info you want such as Title, Subject, Tags, Comments.

You can also rate a picture, by selecting from none to five stars in the Rating field.

Why is this information useful? Well, for example OneDrive has a feature where you can search through your pictures using not only visual tags but also the tags you’ve added manually, as shown previously. For more information, you can read our article: 5 Things you can do with the OneDrive app from the Windows Store.

The second section is called Origin. You can also edit all the fields except the Program name. You can add Authors, Date taken, Date acquired and Copyright. This particular bit of metadata called Date taken could be crucial to track and be aware of, just in case you don’t want people knowing exactly where and when you took a photograph.

The third section is called Image and comprises information such as Resolution, Dimension, Bit depth and so on, which cannot be modified.

The section called Camera i ncludes the details of the camera used to take the picture and the settings that were used: the ISO speed, the exposure time, focal length, the flash mode and so on. This can be great for tracking purposes or simply comparing the quality of pictures taken to the quality of the camera that took them. Some of the fields can be modified and others can’t.

The section called Advanced photo can be really useful if you’re a professional photographer and you’re interested in information such as lens and flash model, exposure, contrast, brightness and so on. Most of these pieces of metadata can be edited. Just hover your cursor across these fields and start typing.

The last section is called File and contains information related to the format, date modified, size, owner and so on. None of this information can be edited.

When you are done editing the metadata for your picture, press OK to save your changes.

If you need more information about metadata and or if you want to remove some of the fields available, read this article: Simple questions: What is a file's metadata and how to edit it in Windows?

Conclusion

Metadata can be very useful if you want to keep information about your files. You can find your pictures faster, find out what camera settings were used for the photos you t ook , when each photo was taken and many other information that is more or less useful to you. The task can be done really easy, without the use of third-party apps. Try it by yourself and tell us how well it worked, in the comments below.